My background is a clothing designer, initially in fashion then moving on to designing performance wear, functional clothing and sportswear. I was drawn to this because I find boundaries and the need for function helpful to the design process. I want a reason for something to exist and I'm more creative with restrictions in place. Art in itself does not provide boundaries or easy frameworks, you have to create and work these out for yourself and I'm in the process of working through this at the moment.
I've chosen needlepoint as a medium in which to create, I don't know why I'm drawn to it exactly but I think it's the restriction that I love. Needlepoint takes time and the challenge I find is trying to create something interesting on a scale that is manageable. The act of stitching on a grid forces precision and constraint and there are many boundaries within the design and scale.
Over this last year, every work I've made has seemed like a stepping stone to the next but my latest creations are turning into a body of work with a theme that I'm really happy with. I'm still exploring handmade vs digital but I'm also stepping into and exploring voids, using what is not said to tell a story.
There is so much amazing work out there and so much to be inspired by online. I have many ideas, as I'm sure does everyone but selecting the 'good' ideas and focusing on an original path is the main challenge. After much deliberation and exploration over the years I'm happy now to explore my current path and see where it leads. I'm going to try and stick with it for a while, if you see me veering off do give me a nudge - I need those boundaries!